Asos warehouse should stay open, staff union says

Asos box

The trade union that represents Asos’s Barnsley distribution workers wants the warehouse there to carry on trading, rejecting calls for its closure by rival unions and politicians who have questioned coronavirus safety measures at the premises.

A spokesman for Community, the union that struck a recognition deal with Asos in 2017, told Retail Week that as long as changes are made to enhance safety then the warehouse should not shut.

He said the main improvement required is to changeovers at the end of shifts, to ensure staggered arrivals on site, which would help minimise interaction and improve social distancing.

He said Asos has made a number of changes demanded by Community, so it hoped there would also be “rapid and effective” action on shifts. The spokesman said: “There have been a lot of improvements, there’s some left to do. If the changes can be implemented and we’re satisfied they’re working, then it should stay open.”

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